Do More People Get Divorced In January?

You’ve heard the divorce statistics. Some tell you that the younger you are when you get married, the more likely you are to split. Others say that people stay in unhappy marriages for the sake of children. There are a variety of statistics out there that talk about divorce and at least one has consistently proven true, although it may be worded a bit incorrectly.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, there will be a spike in divorces. Not in actual finalizations, mind you, but in filings. Rumor has it that more people get divorced during the month of January than any other time of year. It’s more accurate to say that more people file for divorce in the month of January. But why?

The Stress of the Holidays

For some people, dealing with the stress of the holidays is the only thing they can deal with. The thought of having to deal with a divorce during the holiday season is just too much for some people to bear. Instead of having to put their family through the emotional turmoil of a divorce, these people decide to push through the holidays and wait until the new year to file.

The Joy of the Holidays

Other people considering a divorce get caught up in the joy of the holidays. These people begin to believe that they can work through their issues. Maybe things really aren’t as bad as they think. The spirit of the season makes them a bit emotional and more apt to try to work things out with their spouse. Unfortunately, once the headiness of the holidays disappears, these people realize that their marriage really is unsavable.

New Year’s Resolutions

The third group of people is comprised of those who decide to make major life changes in the New Year. They resolve to be kinder to themselves and to remove toxicity from their lives. As a part of this cleansing, they decide to leave unhappy marriages once and for all. For these people, divorce is typically something they have contemplated but now feel ready to go through with.

People have different reasons for wanting to end their marriage. While some make the decision quickly, others take months to prepare themselves. No matter why people choose to get divorced, one thing is for sure: January sees the most new filings.

If you are contemplating divorce in Orlando and are wondering about your options, please reach out to our team of attorneys. We will help you schedule an appointment for a consultation and advise you of your legal options with regard to ending your marriage. Call today for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm.

About the Author
Andrew Nickolaou, Esq., B.C.S., is a founding partner at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. He practices almost exclusively in divorce, marital and family law. Andrew and his partner, Ophelia Bernal-Mora, Esq., B.C.S., joined forces in March 2016 to form the unique and boutique husband and wife family law team at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. Together, Andrew and Ophelia take a practical and team-based approach to all of their cases and clients to deliver the highest quality experience and representation.